The Patriarch’s Room

SA Premiere International Feature

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2017 - Winner Orpheus Award

With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Elon’s film is a mysterious, disturbing, and often humorous story about the political machinations of the Patriarchy, the Israeli Secret Service, Jewish Settlers and Palestinian Christians. The Patriarchy is the third largest owner of private land in Israel/Palestine, including most of the Old City and many Israeli government buildings. In 2005, Patriarch Irineos was accused of selling Old City properties to Jewish settlers. Though he denied the allegations his brothers, in an unprecedented move in the church’s 2000-year history, ousted him. Irineos is confined to his room where Elon finds him some 11 years later and begins to unravel the twisted skein of intrigue within and beyond the church that led to his downfall.

Cape Town
V&A 4
Sun 3 June / 5.30pm
Labia 1
Sun 10 June / 5.45pm
Johannesburg
R'bank
Tue 5 June / 8.30pm
Director(s):
Danae Elon
Country:
Canada/Israel/Greece
Year:
2016
Duration:
83 minutes